Vatican defends pope’s record on sexual abuse

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI, while still a cardinal, sought in vain to expedite the process for defrocking priests guilty of grave crimes, according to a 1988 letter published in the official Vatican newspaper. The letter, which appears in the Thursday (Dec. 2) edition of L’Osservatore Romano, could have important implications for the pope’s […]

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